Thursday, May 14, 2015

Wax Bullet Deflectors

When Milady and I started this CFDA hobby, we realized that we'd need a couple of extra holsters to let friends and family try the game, so I ordered a couple of Triple K Cheyenne holsters from MidwayUSA.  At just over $50.00, they're not the greatest holster in the world, but I've been pleased with mine so far and don't feel handicapped using it.  I ordered one for both left and right hand, and they've both gotten plenty of use.

A quick review of the regulations for the association, and I learned that wax bullet deflectors are optional for adults, and mandatory for youth.  I am told that if you play this game long enough, you'll shoot the bottom of your holster, and even though we're using wax bullets, it's coming out of the muzzle at something over 600 fps, and it will hurt for sure, and may cause injury.  Wax bullet deflectors are a good idea.

So, I emailed some holster makers and learned that they don't sell wax bullet deflectors, but that they're made out of mild steel, and I've got some of that, so I decided to make my own.  After cutting the metal, bending and painting it, I had to find Chicago screws.  But, they're installed now, and I feel pretty good about my efforts.

If you look down on the muzzle end, you'll see the deflectors.  They're screwed to the back paddle of the holster and line up nicely with the muzzle of the holstered revolver.  Here's a closer look below.

That's not too bad for the first time I've attempted something like this, and I feel confident that it will catch an errant wax bullet if someone gets his booger hook on the bang switch a little too early.

The custom guys cover them with leather to match the holster, but I don't see anything in the rules that requires the deflector to be leather wrapped.  Sometimes, home made is best.


Theother Ryan said...

On a semi related note have you read Bill Jordan's book "Second Place, No Winner"?

Aside from a noteable career as a BP agent he was an awesome pistol shot. I think he had a couple of draw and fire's where he hit aspirin in the sub .7 range.

He talks a lot about draw mechanics, practice and that sort of thing.

Old NFO said...

Nicely done! And it's not really noticeable!

Old Grafton said...

Second that! Well-done! I've seen wax bullets cut right through denim sandbags, so those deflectors are a really good idea.

Pawpaw said...

No, Ryan, I haven't read that book, but I have meant to for many years. I just ordered it and Thee Art of the Rifle on Amazon. Two more to add to my library.

6ShotsOr5? said...

They look fit for purpose to me. Can you post a picture of what's underneath where you attached them?